Having never read Madeleine L'Engle's novel, we went into the screening of Disney's A Wrinkle In Time with no expectations and we were pleasantly surprised with how this fantasy adventure took on the important so many important topics for tweens, most notably chronic bullying from so-called mean girls at school. With so many avenues these days for children to be bullied, from being bullied at school to being bullied online, it's nice to see a film address the message that bullying is not acceptable. But even more important than sending a message about this common form of humiliating and dominating others, is the message of strength and courage to overcome it. As Dr. Alex Murry from the film reminds us all, “..love is always there, even if you can’t see it.”
Disney's A Wrinkle In Time opens in theaters everywhere March 9th, 2018. Check out the official trailer now!
A Journey from Fear to Courage – A Wrinkle In Time Review
Many girls and even boys will identify with Meg's character (Storm Reid), an awkward and lonely girl uncertain of herself, who embarks on a journey from fear to courage. Angry, resentful, and with flights of self-pity, she's afraid to let anyone get close to her, even her schoolmate Calvin (Levi Miller), a popular boy at school with a rough home life, another character young audiences will easily identify with.
The adventure begins on a dark and stormy night as Meg, her brother Charles Wallace (Deric McCabe), who stole the show and the press conference, welcome a visitor, Mrs. Whatsit (Reese Witherspoon), into their home. Everyone is confused by why this cheerful eccentric has shown up, except Charles Wallace who seems to have already formed a friendship of sorts with her. As Mrs. Whatsit begins talking about tesseracts and time-travel, mom (Gugu- Mbatha-Raw) and the siblings begin to wonder if she knows Meg's father (Chris Pine) is.
As Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin, along with Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who (Mindy Kaling), Mrs. Which (Oprah Winfrey), embark on a journey through the universe to find Meg's father Alex (Chris Pine) by tessering (sort of shape-shifting) from planet to planet to the furthest reaches of the universe, the group finds themselves in a battle between good and evil as Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin learn to celebrate their individual flaws and realize love will always triumph over evil.
About Disney's A Wrinkle in Time
From visionary director Ava DuVernay comes Disney’s “A Wrinkle in Time,” an epic adventure based on Madeleine L’Engle’s timeless classic that takes audiences across dimensions of time and space, examining the nature of darkness versus light, good versus evil and, ultimately, the triumph of love. Through one girl’s transformative journey led by three celestial guides, we discover that strength comes from embracing one’s individuality and that the best way to triumph over fear is to travel by one’s own light.